Holmoe's complete remarks on BYU honor code confirmations
Perhaps the biggest news that came out of Tom Holmoe’s roundtable discussion with reporters who cover BYU sports came later in the 45-minute session, when the BYU athletic director brought up the school’s new policy about (not) confirming honor code investigations and violations.
Actually, former Tribune reporter Patrick Kinahan, who now works for sports radio station 1280 The Zone, asked the question that got the dialogue started. He asked whether coaches Dave Rose and Bronco Mendenhall have some leeway in deciding punishments for honor code violations because they have each been a head coach at BYU for a decade now.<
For those of you who want more, here’s a transcript of the discussion, picking up where Holmoe first announced the policy change:
Holmoe: "This would be a good time to say that over the last year we have had discussions with people on campus regarding an honor code policy, and we have had a number of discussions that have led to the point where when we receive — as of Jan. 1, so moving forward — when we receive inquiries from the media about honor code issues we no longer will address them from a campus perspective.
There won’t be a campus spokesperson that addresses any honor code issues anymore.
There will be two exceptions to that:
One, is if there is something that is in public record. If it is an honor code violation — which every one of you here at the table understands, you have read the honor code — and the public record shows that an honor code violation has occurred, then our spokesperson could talk about that.
Or, if one of our student-athletes chooses to come public, then we would. But we won’t discuss that anymore, any honor code violations, any more. And so, don’t ask."
Reporter: "So did that change after the Spencer Hadley incident?"
Holmoe: "If you went backwards, if there was something that was public, then we would address it. But if it is not public, we wouldn’t address it. And for that matter, say there was something of public record, that wasn’t addressed by the media — so nobody knew anything about it. It took place in Juneau, Alaska, but it was of public record — we wouldn’t discuss it. So that’s where it is going."
Reporter: "So BYU spokesperson won’t confirm or even acknowledge honor code investigations now?"
Holmoe: "That’s correct."